Healthy, simple, and brimming with flavor, this Vegan Smoky “Ham” Pasta is reminiscent of a ham and bean soup, but with a tasty pasta twist.
- 1 medium yellow onion, fine dice
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 Tablespoon flour *
- 1 teaspoon natural peanut butter *
- ½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth *
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup unsweetened plain plant milk
- 1 Tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari *
- ½ teaspoon liquid smoke *
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
- 1 – [ 15 oz. can ] navy beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 Tablespoons dried minced onions
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ to 1 teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
- Pinch black pepper (+/-)
- Large pinch red pepper flakes
- 8 to 10 oz. GF penne pasta *
- 1 to 2 cups baby kale, chopped
- Fill a large stock pot full of water. Add some sea salt to the water. Bring the water to a boil then add the pasta. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Check package directions on cooking times and/or boil the pasta until el dente, drain, rinse with cold water to remove any excess starch, shake well, set aside.
- Place the Herb/Spice Ingredients (except the red pepper flakes) into a small bowl, mix well, set aside.
- In a large ceramic/enamel lined skillet or non-stick skillet, add the finely diced onions, sauté over medium-high heat for 7 to 9 minutes to soften, then lower the heat to medium, add the flour, minced garlic, and peanut butter, sauté, stir constantly over for one minute.
- Add the remaining Base Ingredients and the Herb/Spice Mix to the skillet, stir to incorporate and simmer for about 7 minutes. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to ensure that you got up all the flour that may have stuck to the bottom and stir it into the sauce mixture to thicken.
- Add the chopped baby kale, simmer for several minutes until the kale is perfectly tender.
- Taste test, adjust seasonings, if needed.Add the cooked pasta and the red pepper flakes, simmer for several minutes until heated through. Serve and enjoy!
*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.
*Sea Salt: Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.
*Servings: 3 to 4